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Malaysia Airlines pilot starts flying in the wrong direction

An investigation has been launched after a Malaysia Airlines plane took off from Auckland Airport on Christmas Day and surprised the pilot with the direction it started flying. Just eight minutes into the direct flight to Kuala Lumpur, MH132's pilot queried why his Airbus A330 was heading so far south. He wondered why the plane was heading towards Melbourne and not taking a more direct f...

Aviation safety experts urge caution with a popular Christmas gift

Drones are tipped to be one of the most popular presents this Christmas but fledgling pilots have been delivered a stern warning about the potential dangers for new flyers. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is urging people to stick to a handful of basic rules in the wake of a high-profile incident where a pro-skier narrowly avoided having a drone fall out of the sky on his head. Pe...

Airnorth to serve Melbourne and Cairns from Wellcamp

Darwin-based Airnorth will expand out of Northern Australia for the first time when it commences daily services from Toowoomba’s Wellcamp Airport to Melbourne from next March. The flights will be operated by Airnorth’s 76-seat Embraer E170 jets from March 14, with new three-times-weekly Wellcamp-Cairns services to begin at the same time. “This initi...

Hainan becomes Sydney’s sixth new airline for 2015

Hainan Airlines has returned to Sydney for the first time since 2012 with the inaugural direct seasonal service from Xi’an touching down at Sydney Airport on Thursday morning. Hainan launched flights to Sydney in January 2011, when it served Sydney on a Hangzhou-Shenzhen-Sydney routing. However, it pulled off the route a year later. Its new twice-weekly flights fr...

Successful skydive for Safeskies president and QantasLink CEO

Safeskies President Emeritus Peter Lloyd has made a tandem skydive over Canberra to celebrate his 95th birthday. The December 15 jump from 14,000ft was Lloyd’s fourth in a series of birthday jumps which began in 2000 with a tandem skydive to celebrate his 80th birthday. Lloyd, who is now blind, was attached to jumpmaster Paul Smith, who was making his 11,111th...

Australia set to acquire three more CH-47F Chinooks

The US Department of State has approved the possible sale of three more Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopters to Australia. The potential Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program deal, which is valued at US$180 million and includes related equipment and support, would take the Australian Army’s fleet size to 10 aircraft. Boeing said it delivered the seventh CH-47F for Army in Au...

RFDS retains “most reputable charity” title

Research consultants AMR’s charity reputation index has named the Royal Flying Doctor Service as Australia’s “most reputable charity” for a fifth straight year. The AMR report found the RFDS received top marks on six of the seven criteria the company’s charity reputation index was based on, namely service, innovation, workplace, citizenship, governance, leader...

Virgin Australia’s Convertible Check-In Desks Do Both DIY and Full-Service

Virgin Australia has installed SITA’s new flexible passenger check-in technology at its new domestic terminal at Perth Airport. The new common-use hybrid desks can switch from self-service bag drop mode to full-service traditional check-in counters, as required. SITA’s new solution lets airlines adjust the type of service offered for a flight based passenger preferences an...

Qantas Statement on ATO Report

Qantas is a major taxpayer and contributor to the Australian economy. We comply fully with all our tax obligations and we believe in playing our role in a strong, transparent Australian tax system. In 2013/14 – the year covered by the ATO’s tax transparency report – we paid, collected or generated more than $2 billion in tax revenue for the Government, including the GST,...

Qantas takes off for San Francisco

Qantas is on its way back to San Francisco for the first time since 2011 after flight QF 73 took off from Sydney Airport on Friday afternoon. The Boeing 747-400ER operating the flight, VH-OEG, departed from the NSW capital a little after 1510 local time. The airline’s return to the Bay Area for the first time since 2011 kicks off a new joint-venture partnership between Qantas and Ameri...

Perth Airport looking for new CEO

Perth Airport is in the market for a new chief executive after announcing incumbent Brad Geatches will leave the company on July 1 2016. Colin Beckett, the chairman of Perth Airport, said it was the right time for a change at the top and a global search for a new chief executive was underway. “The next cycle of major capital investment and commercial discussions with airlines will comm...

Passenger numbers up at east coast capitals

Australia’s three east coast capital city airports all posted healthy increases both domestic and international passenger numbers in November. Melbourne Airport said international travellers rose 9.9 per cent to 728,212 at Tullamarine in November, compared with the prior corresponding period, as airlines such as Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Philippine Airlines added extra...